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Description of the short course:

Canadian mining companies operating in developing countries often find themselves between "a rock and a hard place" when it comes to bribery and corruption. Under Canada's Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, it an offence to: offer any form of advantage or benefit to a foreign public official to obtain an advantage in the course of business or to engage in certain accounting practices which are employed for the purpose of bribing a foreign public official or concealing a bribe.Yet in many countries in Africa, Asia and elsewhere, corruption is a necessary cost of doing business. This course comprises a 1-1/2 hour lecture (including Q and A) on Corruption - its causes, costs and consequences. It includes both theory and practical elements and considers the '10 disconnects' discussed in the CIM Magazine article ("Between a Rock and a Hard Place, May 16, 2017) and presents some of the strategies that are being used by companies worldwide to ensure compliance with anti-corruption laws. An additional (optional) 1-1/2 hour session builds on the first and allows for the discussion of one or more fictional case studies on mining and corruption. 

Learning Objectives:

To present some of the major issues relating to the demand side of corruption (i.e. foreign officials asking for bribes) and the supply side of corruption (companies paying bribes). To review some strategies companies can adopt to ensure they are compliant with Canada's Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.

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Non-Member price: $299
A discounted price is available for Members and Students.
Member price: $149 
Student price: $49 

Group registration: for registrations of 5 participants or more please contact Mélanie Gauthier:

Presenter (s):
Frederick Stapenhurst

Rick Stapenhurst is an Assistant Professor at the School of Continuing Studies, McGill University, where he oversees the Professional Development training Programs for both MPs and for Parliamentary Staff and leads the university’s parliamentary research program. Previously, he was Director of Parliamentary Programs in the Governance and Anti-Corruption unit at the World Bank Institute.

He has written extensively on issues related to financial oversight and parliamentary strengthening; his most recent books include “Anti-Corruption Evidence: The Role of Parliaments in Curbing Corruption,” and “Beyond Westminster: A Global Perspective on Public Governance and Accounts.” He is currently leading a multi-disciplinary research team examining the demand and supply sides of corruption in the extractives industries. He has written numerous articles and working papers that have been published in both the business and peer-reviewed academic journals.

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Canadian Mining Operations and Corruption in Developing Countries | April 29, 2021 at 9:00 AM - 12 PM EDT - (3:00 - 6:00 PM CEST)

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